The State Department of Education begins public forums this week on proposals to reform high schools in Connecticut.
The State Board of Education has adopted a broad outline of changes aimed at improving academic performance at Connecticutâ€™s high schools. Additional courses would be required in order to graduate; seniors would complete a year-long independent study..and all students would be required to pass new end-of-course exams. State Department of Education spokesman Tom Murphy says the tests would relate directly to what kids learn in class. "Very specific end-of-course assessments, we believe will help to strengthen content in these courses and have some uniformity statewide, so that a student in Greenwich taking Algebra 1 is taking the same course as a student in Norwich" according to Murphy.
Murphy says the changes are needed because high school test scores have flattened out, and more Connecticut students, even high-achieving kids, are entering college unprepared to handle the work. If enacted, the new requirements would affect students entering high school in the year 2011.
Educators, parents and students can offer feedback on the proposals at public forums to be held throughout the state in the coming weeks.